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More Last Minute Gifts: Books from China Beat Contributors HOT

Dec 23, 2008

Many of our regular contributors have recent books out on China as well. We highly recommend the following as gifts for those many China non-experts in your life. 1. Factory Girls, Leslie T. ChangFor: The Worldly Progressive Chang’s book, published ...... Read More>>

Interview with Curator, Gallerist, Critic, and Author Zhang Zhaohui HOT

Dec 23, 2008

Name: Zhang Zhaohui | 张朝晖 Occupation: Gallery owner, curator, critic, author Birthplace: Beijing 1) Why/how did you go into the art field? It's my inborn hobby that drives me to go into and stay in the art world over the last 30 years. My hobby ...... Read More>>

Mind The Gap – Localization in China HOT

Dec 22, 2008

Have you heard about L10N, G11N and i18n? L10N is abbreviation of ''Localization''(or spell as Localisation); there are 10 characters between first L and the last N. In similar, G11N refers to Globalization – 11 characters between G and N, and i18n ...... Read More>>

Christmas in China HOT

Dec 19, 2008 Comments(1)

There may not be a whole lot of Christ in Christmas in China but there sure are a whole lot of Christmas trees, lights, and various sparkly decorations covering the country these days. Although the government says China is only about 2% Christian (Church ...... Read More>>

Operation Peking – The Perils of Surgery in China HOT

Dec 17, 2008 Comments(1)

As it’s coming up to Christmas I thought I would get into the festive spirit and write about something uplifting and happy. The only problem is I am in a bad mood about the cold weather, having missed half of the Beijing summer through immobility. The ...... Read More>>

HSBC Survey and Expat Living HOT

Dec 12, 2008

I have to admit that for the few years I’ve been in China I’ve really felt like I was living in the lap of luxury. Sure, I’m from the Midwest and not Beverly Hills, but I didn’t exactly grow up in a one room shack and only wore a ...... Read More>>

Education not the Ticket It's Supposed to Be HOT

Dec 11, 2008

Recently on the Suzhou local television news was a report about how difficult it is for University graduates to find jobs now. Actually, according to one University graduate I talked with, it’s been difficult for the past two years. Six years ago I ...... Read More>>

Our Favorite Things About Living in China (Part 2) HOT

Dec 08, 2008

Some consider China a police state and yet to foreigners used to seeing armed uniformed cops and hearing police sirens day and night China seems far more relaxed and a lot less authoritarian than we'd originally believed. “My favourite thing about ...... Read More>>

Our Favorite Things About Living in China (Part 1) HOT

Dec 05, 2008 Comments(12)

Last time around we talked about the things we liked least about living in China. Expats tend to do great amounts of moaning and groaning – it’s therapeutic and a regular bonding exercise for foreigners without a lot of other things in common ...... Read More>>

"of the people, by the people, for the people" but owned by China? HOT

Dec 04, 2008

Whichever way you look at it, America is a pretty powerful nation. It has the world's most powerful economy, the world's most powerful military, and the world's most powerful government: Both in terms of soft power and hard power. When questioned about this ...... Read More>>

What we like least about living in China HOT

Dec 03, 2008 Comments(22)

The language, the culture, the people; living in another country is a difficult, baffling, and sometimes even maddening experience. All expats in China have suffered “China days”, the days where everything seems so complicated, so backwards, so ...... Read More>>

Chinese supermarket HOT

Nov 30, 2008 Comments(3)

Skim milk, 2 percent, whole milk, fat free milk, or vitamin D milk? Oreos or the generic, cling wrap or saran wrap? For some of us going to the supermarket in our own countries is confusing enough, endless aisles looming with decisions to be made. In a ...... Read More>>

Dashan: "My life has been changing along with China" HOT

Nov 28, 2008 Comments(1)

OTTAWA, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- China has undergone fundamental changes during the past 20 years and it is really difficult to sum up its achievements in simple language, Dashan, one of China's most famous foreigners, told Xinhua recently. "It is easy to talk ...... Read More>>

Hallo-what? HOT

Nov 26, 2008

Halloween was one of my favorite holidays when I lived in the US. I always looked forward to either dressing up or handing out candy to visiting kids, or doing both. Halloween would always start with a visit to the store or a local farmers field so that I could purchase a few suitable pumpkins for carving. Every pumpkin was screaming out a ... ...Read More>>

More Heard Round the Table HOT

Nov 10, 2008

As is my wont, I like to chat with friends and acquaintances over cups of espresso and glasses of beer about the latest goings-on in our lives in China. This latest thread, occurring over several days and many libations, seemed to disconcertingly center on China’s growing car culture and expat mishaps therein. Frozen Assets Starting 2009 ... ...Read More>>

Understanding Trial Spots HOT

Oct 27, 2008

If there is one thing which most western companies coming into China miss out on is the idea of ''trial spots'', or as they are called in Chinese 试点。 So what is it? Basically, it's a city, place, province or region which is used to try out something experimental which has not been tried before. When China first opened up, Shenzhen was a trial ... ...Read More>>

The Hottest Test in China HOT

Oct 20, 2008

"Pencils down, please."The Chinese figured out long before the rest of us that rule by the reasonable is preferable to rule by the merely strong. To this end, they devised the civil service exam. Thus began the long tradition of millions of people cramming for cruelly abstract exams which only a few could pass. It helps to explain why the ... ...Read More>>

The Other Side of the Cultural Divide HOT

Oct 16, 2008

October 14th, 2008 I tried this month in my Eurobiz Magazine column Challenging China to look from another view at the cultural issues dissecting investment in China: What are Chinese employees seeing of Westerners in the workplace? I asked. Eurobiz is a publication of The European Union Chamber of Commerce. Typically, Westerners are pointing ... ...Read More>>

Why China Won't Throw A Lifeline To The West HOT

Oct 13, 2008

With all the chaos on world’s markets, it is easy to overlook developments in China. The biggest piece of Chinese domestic news is the decision to give limited rights to land use to China’s farmers. This decision came out of the Third Plenary Session of the 17th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (三中全会), which is now ... ...Read More>>

Firework Safety - A comic glance HOT

Oct 08, 2008

With the sumer over and winter/fall season now upon us, the minds of many a fun/tradition loving Chinese naturally turns to one thing: Festivals, and while China's winter/fall festivals are many and varied - Ranging from from nationally celebrated festivals such as the Moon festival to the festivals of local regions and China's various ethnic ... ...Read More>>

The wild world of China’s online forums & bulletin boards (Tianya, Strong Nation Forum, etc) HOT

Oct 05, 2008

Internet forums and bulletin boards occupy a very unique and important place in the Chinese Internet, much more so than I’ve noticed in the English-language Internet. To truly understand the nature of the Chinese Internet, you need to regularly read posts in the most popular Chinese Internet forums. Chinese Internet forums are also an ... ...Read More>>

Shenzhou 7 HOT

Sep 27, 2008

Shenzhou 7 bringing Zhai Zhigang (翟志刚), Liu Boming (刘伯明) and Jing Haipeng (景海鹏) into space Yesterday at 25 September at 21:10 CST Shenzhou 7 started into space. 3 astronauts are on board and the whole ride hopefully lasts 3 to 5 days. China plans to conduct its first spacewalk during this mission. This space mission features a number of ... ...Read More>>

The Sound and the Fury: What NOT to Give Your Chinese Friends HOT

Sep 12, 2008 Comments(3)

"Ba-ba-ba." Has a nice ring to it, don't you think? It ought to: ba in Mandarin means "to increase" or "get rich". So by ancient Chinese association, if ba also means "eight", why then the number eight is lucky, too. ...... Read More>>

Expat Beijing - The Early Days HOT

Aug 25, 2008

In 1981, I had one of the biggest strokes of luck of my life. I had long dreamed of visiting China, but access was restricted to tightly controlled tour groups and an elite band of ''foreign experts'' who managed to find work in one of the Chinese work units as editors or translators. It was a period when China and the West, like two giant craft ... ...Read More>>

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